(Blogmensgo, 14 August 2013) and Rüdiger Christoph Zimmermann were married August 11, 2013 in a Protestant church in Seligenstadt, near Frankfurt, in Hesse, Germany. This is the first gay marriage blessed by the German Protestant Church.
The two newlyweds are now what is known in many parts as PACS. They had not yet united in a Protestant church, although the Evangelical (Protestant) Church of Hesse and Nassau has conducted approximately 120 bridal blessing homosexual couples since 2003. These blessings had neither the name nor ritual, nor the status of religious marriage.
Reporting ARD on this religious wedding:
Christoph Rüdiger and were able to say "yes" at the altar after the Protestant church in the region of Hesse and Nassau was announced on 15 June 2013, its decision - taken by a large majority - of married couples of the same sex in almost identical to those of heterosexual marriages conditions. The identity for both ritual logging on religious books and - if I understand correctly - the name of marriage.
"We believe that homosexuality is an integral part of creation," said Volker Jung, president of the Evangelical Church in Hesse and Nassau, justifying the decision to marry gay and lesbians couples despite the opposition of some residual fundamentalists. "This is consistent with the letter and spirit of Jesus," said Jung.
The PACS has existed since 2001 in Germany, where it is called "contract of community life."Beneficiaries do not have the same rights as heterosexual married couples in adoption and taxation, although a judgment of the court order issued in June 2013 fiscal equality between married heterosexual couples and homosexual civil unions.
Some Catholic priests bless them as homosexual couples in Germany, but their church officially banned such blessings since 2008.